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captioning sponsored by cbs >> ninan: the countdown to 2017. the new year he's already tbain in some parts of the world. here in the u.s. security has heighteneds -- millions going toker for celebrations coast to coast. useless tonight,oon electric company in vermont apparently tearinged by russian hackers. a swarm of earthquakes rootled california and new year's day. is it eye seismic wooik up ciewl? eyeye miernlg retile plot twist. >> it's nice to meet you. >> two phenomenonlies bonded by tragedy and eye little boyee guest of life. >> we could help someone elseee beeb. it's the only thing that's seefd
this is the "cbs weekend news." >> ninan: good evening. i'm reena ninan. ready on not, here comes 2017. the new year is already under way overseas. >> happy new year! >> ninan: in tokyo thousands released balloons carrying their wishes into the sky. in other places like singapore, they launched fireworks by the truckload. twitter live streamed the midnight fireworks at the world's tallest building, burj khalifa, in dubai. in the u.s., a huge crowd is waiting under tightened security for the ball to drop in times square. that's where we find marlie hall. >> reporter: a new year, new safety concerns. >> the terrorist threat around the world has changed. >> reporter: n.y.p.dchanged. n.y.p.d. trump chief james waters says for the first time, the city has brought in 65 gacialg trucks filled with sand, plus 100 patrol cars. >> it creates a hardened perimeter, so it won't allow a
view to get in there. >> reporter: the move was from truck attacks overseas, but not in response to a specific threat. seven now new york city police officers will fan out over times squares, overhead and on the ground, some in uniform, others undercover. >> it clearly looks like they've taken a lot of precautions to take care of the people that are here. >> reporter: other cities are also taking extra precautions. in los angeles, water-filled barriers will be in place to protect an estimated crowd of 700,000 people at the new year's rose parade. in chicago, a network of cameras will keep an eye on things from above, and canine units will work the crowds. and in new orleans, french quarter, officers in tactical gear will patrol new year's festivityes for the first time. >> we want to take the extra steps to protect people from potential terrorist attacks. >> but one step that's key to the world's most popular new year's eve celebration, make
sure this massive crystal ball can make its highly anticipated descent in times square. it was tested friday, and it's ready to usher in 2017. every reveler here in times square will be searched by police. anyone carrying a large bag, umbrella, or alcohol will not be allowed to enter. and one more thing to keep in mind, reena-- there are no restroom facilities. >> ninan: another marlie hall, thank you. 2016 is officially getting an extra second added on to account for the earth's slowing rotation and wobbly orbit. the world's time keepers add a leap second to keep the clocks synchronized. the new year is beginning with a massive wave of storms sweeping across the country. snow is falling from the great lakes to new england. another band of storms is moving into southern california. mireya villarreal says this is the wettest december los angeles has seen in six years.
>> reporter: this month, storm after storm in california has stalled traffic on major highways and complicated holiday travel at a los angeles international airport. but the rain also refilled reservoirs and dropped feet of fresh powder on the slopes. after five years of drought conditions, scientists are optimistic. >> this much rain in december in l.a., it's news. >> reporter: nasa climatologist bill patzert says even though a dry el nino winter typically follows a heavy el nino year, recent rain is proving those predictions wrong. after months of consistent showers, 17.5% of california has been pushed out of the drought. so far, all up north. >> this is a precursor for our really wet months, january, february, and march. this could put a huge dent in the punishing western drought. >> reporter: since october, more than five inches of rain have fallen in the downtown los angeles area.
that's more than five times the amount that fell this same time period last year. reena, tonight's storms are expected to move out by new year's day. >> ninan: mireya, thank you. well, that's been another cyberattack in the u.s., possibly linked to russian hackers. an electric company in vermont. >> reporter: burlington electric says malware code was found in one of the its computers. the company says it discovered the possible breach. it is not known when the code entered the computer. the vermont utility, but the disclosure comes just as 35 russian officials were forced to leave the u.s. in retaliation for russia's alleged cyberattacks targeting the u.s. election. the utility company says the malware was detected on a single laptop which was not connect to the grid. state-sponsored hackers have been targeting u.s. infrastructure for years. in early 2016, federal law enforcement stepped up efforts
to help utilities shore up their defenses, but experts say the recent actions taken by the obama administration are unlikely to deter state-sponsored attempts to hack into critical infrastructure. reena. >> ninan: paula reid, thank you. a pennsylvania state trooper was gunned down in the line of duty last night. 23-year-old trooper landon weaver was fatally shot while responding to a domestic abuse call. the suspect was killed this morning in a confrontation with police. weaver is the 65th officer shot and killed in the u.s. this year. 21 people got the ride of their life last night at the knott's berry farm amusement park in southern california. they got stuck for almost six hours on a sky tram 100 feet up. firefighters used ropes and harnesses to bring everyone down safely. a reminder to be safe on the roads tonight. there's been a jump in drunk driving deaths this year. on average, 28 people a day have been killed in d.u.i. accidents. kris van cleave talked to one woman about how one bad decision changed her life forever.
>> reporter: it must be a moment that you think about all the time. >> constantly. >> reporter: christine alexander knows the pain a drunk driver can cause because she was one. when you got in the car what night, did you know how intoxicate you were? >> no. >> reporter: did you think you should have been driving? >> i didn't think that i was that intoxicated. i-- i thought i was fine to drive. >> reporter: that night in 2004, she had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. driving home from a bark she crashed into her boyfriend richard hale's motorcycle. he died. she went to jail. in 2015, 10,265 people died in in-impaired crashes, an increase of nearly 300 from the year before. 2016 could be even deadlier. >> if you're drinking, don't drive. >> reporter: national highway traffic safety administration mark rosekind. >> we're seeing these increases that we have not seen in 50 years.
it's tragic. >> reporter: why do you think the drunk driving numbers are going up? >> that's one we are still trying to figure out. >> reporter: n.h.t.s.a. is hoping this technology will reduce the number of drunk driving deaths. it uses sensors to measure a driver's blood alcohol level. if it's too high, the car won't start. but for christine alexander, it's too late. >> every waking moment you live with it. and you can't take it back. >> reporter: virginia is planning to start testing the drunk driving-prevention technology next year. the system could be offered as an optional feature in new cars by 2020. kris van cleave, cbs news, washington. >> ninan: relatives of carrie fisher and debbie reynolds are planning a private funeral and public memorial service for the mother-and-daughter hollywood stars who died last week a day party. some believe reynolds died of a broken heart following fisher's death. jon lapook says there is such a thing as proakeb heart syndrome.
>> reporter: as she walks through her parents' home, jill lefils feels both sad and comforted. >> it feels like a huge loss, a deep loss, more so than i would have expected, you know, because it was just so sudden. all of a sudden they were here and then, no, they're not. >> reporter: her father, jim coughlin sr., died at home the morning of friday, november 25. the next day, her mother, joanne, passed away. both were 90 years old. they were married for 66 years. >> we feel that my dad, once he passed on, that he called my mom and wanted her to come, that he called her and said, "joanne, come with me." >> reporter: as with the coughlins, it's unclear what led to debbie reynolds' death just one day after her daughters, but emotionally stressful events, like the death of a spouse or child can trigger a sudden surge in stress hormones that are felt to stun the heart and prevent it from pumping properly or cause an artery supplying the heart to
go into spasm. >> this entire part of the heart is not moving at all. >> reporter: cardiologist dr. harmony reynolds of n.y.u. langone medical center has studied this under-recognized condition, which occurs mainly in older women, many of whom have no obvious preexisting heart disease. >> we don't necessarily understand why an emotional connection exists. but we know that the brain and the heart are closely connected. you can die of heartbreak, but exactly how that happens and exactly why, we don't know. >> reporter: in 2012, the number of cases in the united states that were diagnosed was about 6200. that's a 20-fold increase compared to just six years before. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, new york. >> ninan: retailers across the country are adding up their holiday receipts. among the businesses that were expecting an increase in sales this year, mom-and-pop book stores. tony dokoupil has more on this surprising retail twist. >> reporter: all the technology at people's
fintertips was supposed to spell the end of books in people's hands. >> a classic or something newer? >> reporter: but jessica stockton-bagnulo has a different story to tell. >> it is a really good time to be a bookstore. >> reporter: she's the cofounder of greenlight bookstore here in brooklyn, which just opened this new location. it's part of a national boom in independent bookstores, which have added more than 550 locations since 2010. >> there's only so much that digital can do, and we're-- we live in-- we love that. we want that interaction with the physical world. >> reporter: it turns out the book is a pretty good technology itself. you don't have to charge it. you can take it anymore exwrp, and it works any time. the sheer ease and pleasureave physical book may be why print sales are booming, up 50 million units since 2013. of course, it's not all a happy story. barnes & noble has shut more than 150 stores in the past decade. when she grows up, do you think she'll shop at a bookstore?
will they still be around? >> i would hope so. >> reporter: perhaps that's just another reason to root for the mom-and-pop book seller in your neighborhood. >> it's for me to pass along my love of reading and my love of books like my mom did for me and my grandmother did for my mother. >> reporter: the idea that the little bookstores are dying goes back to the 1990s movie "you've got mail" . memeg ryan's character closes hr shop. but in real life, new york's book of wonders, the shop believed to have inspired the movie, is still going strong. reena. >> ninan: glad to hear they're meeting a better fate with the mom-and-pop bookstores. thanks, tony. along with bookstores, the bald eagle is making a comeback. a new year's eve baby eaglet popped out of its shell in fort myers, florida today. another egg in the nest, holding its brother or sister, is slowing cracking open. it could take weeks for eaglets to hatch. coming up, there's been a whole lot of shaking going on in
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and nevada were shaken this past week by a swarm of earthquakes. three powerful quakes struck near hawthorne, nevada. they were felt from san francisco to las vegas, and there were more than 100 aftershocks. no serious injuries or damage, but john blackstone says scientists see the swarm as a seismic wake-up call. >> reporter: when a 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked northridge, california, in 1994, there was no sign it was coming, as is often the case with major seismic activity. >> we have forshocks before about half of our big earthquakes in california. but they aren't usually coming as a swarm. you know, with northridge there was nothing before it at all. the san fernando earthquake didn't have any. the loma prieta didn't have an immediate swarm. it had a magnitude 5 beforehand.
>> reporter: it was a swarm of quakes rattling before wednesday. the rumbling began just after midnight local time with a 5.7-magnitude quake. four minutes later, another equally powerful one hit the same area. a third registered 5.5, followed by more than 100 aftershocks throughout the day. graham kent is director of the seismological laboratory at the university of nevada reno. >> the question everybody wants answered is are we going to have a larger one? we don't know. >> reporter: but in september, a swarm of seismic activity along the assaultan sea, prompted scientists to warn ofab increased risk of a big earthquake near the san andreas fault. >> the san andreas is such a big, fast-moving fault, that when it has an earthquake, it's probably going to grow into a really big one. we don't see small ones on the san andreas. this earthquake is hundreds and hundreds of miles away from the san andreas, so there would just be no concern about that.
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father. did she turn the same gun on her son nearly 20 years later? richard schlesinger investigates. >> here in palm beach, you're never at a loss for a story. >> reporter: reporter jose lambiet has been covering palm beach for nearly 20 years, and he says in 1993, it was the image of an 11-year-old boy testifying at his mother's murder trial that captured the public's attention. >> i was scared and confused. >> reporter: jim cooney, who was a lawyer, well known, very popular in palm beach county, was killed by his ex-wife, laind, in front of their two children. she claims it was self-defense. >> reporter: but linda cooney was charged with first degree murder, and her son, kevin, was the only eyewitness to the shooting. >> it sounded loud. >> reporter: at trial, laind's defense argued jim cooney attacked laind with a knife and kevin testified he saw something
in his father's hand before the shooting. >> it had a dplaery shine. >> kevin's testimony exxonerated his mother. so she was cleared of the murder in florida. but guess what? 20 years later, she uses the same gun to shoot her son, kevin. >> reporter: linda cooney went back to court, this time for the attempted murder of her son. >> what happened was his fault. it was an accident. >> reporter: kevin's testimony could not help his mother this time. >> this woman is a clear and present danger to everyone in society and anyone that crosses her path. if there was a woman who was deserving of the maximum sentence on all charges, this woman is it. >> ninan: remarkably, this case is still in the courts and it kicks off a "48 hours" double feature tonight right here on cbs. up next, two families bonded by a little boy's gift of life.
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family. >> oh, my gosh. it's so nice to meet you. >> reporter: she says their son is the most influential person in her life, even though they've never met. >> your eight-year-old, blond, blue-eyed little handsome man-child. >> reporter: p.j. wolf's parents say he was selfless and always looked for way to help others. he even offered to donate a kidney after watching a news report as a young child. >> p.j. came in, and he said, "you know, mom. i've got two kidneys and i only need one." >> reporter: p.j. was killed while riding his bike in 1991. >> we didn't have any doubt. we knew what this little boy wanted. >> reporter: his parents donated his organs. >> we couldn't help our baby, but we could help someone else's baby. >> i wasn't expected to survive the first couple of days. >> reporter: portelewas born with conjecial heart defects. she endured two heart surgerieses, but they were only temporary solutions.
then, at just four years old, she underwent open heart surgery, receiving a donor heart valve that changed her life. it was p.j.'s. >> my entire life from that moment was a gift from my donor. >> reporter: she always wanted to thank the donor's family, so she tracked down old hospital records and through a medical organization, she sent them a letter. >> "for some reason, i always imagined my donor was older, had lived more life than that. i'm so sorry. in your worst moments, you selflessly thought of others, and that is why i'm alive today. he is the most influential person in my life, my angel, and my hero." >> reporter: the two families exchanged notes for six months. then they were invited to ride together on the "donate life" float in this year's rose parade. they're finally meeting for the first time. >> i think i've got some things in common with p.j. >> i can already tell. ( laughter ) >> reporter: the wolf family,
who has given the ultimate gift, feels they've also received so much in return. >> don't you ever, ever underestimate the fact that you are our hero. you have fulfilled my child's dreams. how could we not be anything but proud? >> reporter: carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> ninan: right now, more than 120,000 americans are waiting for organ transplants. just one donor can save or improve the lives of as many as 50 people. you can register to become a donor when you you apply or renew your driver's license. most states also have online organ registries. that's the weekend news for this saturday. we're ringing in the new year at our digital channel, cbsn at cbs news dawm. for all of us from cbs news, happy new year. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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